On August 26, 2018, EPA updated the score model for K-12 Schools.
- The average K-12 School score went down by 13 points.*
- One additional Use Detail is now required (it existed in Portfolio Manager previously but was not required or used in the score calculation):
- Number of Workers on Main Shift – This value was previously defaulted, based on the school's GFA. Now that it’s required, you cannot use a “default” value to be eligible for certification. We recommend you check this value for your building to make sure it’s accurate. You do not include students in this count (more information)
- Two Use Details will no longer be required or used in the score calculation (these fields will still be available if you wish to track them and data you’ve already entered will be retained):
- Number of Computers
- Number of Walk-in Refrigerator/Freezer Units
- The minimum building size requirement for K-12 Schools to be eligible for an ENERGY STAR Score and Certification was reduced to 1,000 square feet (from a previous minimum of 5,000 square feet)
*Because your buildings may differ from the typical building used in our analysis, the change in your building’s ENERGY STAR score will vary from the published average depending on its energy use, fuel mix, business activity, property type, and other variables. Furthermore, by definition, roughly half of buildings of any type should have larger decreases than average, and half should have smaller decreases.